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The Butterfly Moments

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  7 reviews
After a twenty-plus year career as a Parole Officer in Philadelphia, Alana Blue is more than ready to leave her job and move on to more rewarding work. Jaded and burned out, Alana is given the difficult assignment of supervising Rafe Ortiz, a renegade Probation and Parole Officer who arrives in Alana's office by way of a disciplinary transfer and with a reputation for accu ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 29th 2010 by Regal Crest Enterprises
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Jul 26, 2020 rated it liked it
It saddens me a lot to find most black writers touch on race especially authors from the USA. On the hopeful side, may the awareness bring forth improved equality.
Now on the book itself, written in first person sort of needed clarity on some few occasions. Also i can't clearly say this is a romantic or a detective kind of just doesn't have clear distinction for me.
That said, it served its entertaining purpose especially the hypocrisy of a particular character which even now shocks me
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Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved the writing in The Butterfly Moments, the depth of some of the characters, and the story as a whole. I feel like Bess took her time with aspects of the storytelling as well as the crafting of the main character, Alana Blue. It was nice to spend time with a character who was in the midst of major life transition (career and love-wise). Despite the transition, Alana remained focused and emotionally rooted in her values and expectations. The author weaved a few subplots into Alana’s story. ...more
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lesbians, mature lesbians, brown people, anyone who likes a good read for the beach or something
I really liked this book. It was a breath of fresh air in the slew of mediocre books I've been reading lately. It was nice to read about mature brown lesbians! (Even though I'm not "mature.") I've never read a story with characters like these. Some of them were a little one dimensional but I still enjoyed learning how each of them were connected as the story went on. Sometimes I felt like the murder mystery was taking a back seat to the romance but it ramps up towards the end. The ending... my o ...more
Mar 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Butterfly Moments is a wonderful read. The setting is in a quaint little burb where murder and intrigue, romance and betrayal lies just beneath the surface.

Immediately, I was engaged in the lives of the women, their town, their work and how complicated life can be if you allow it to be so. At times, I smiled. It's very seldom I find myself doing that while reading.

Towards the end, I found myself on the edge of my seat and could not put the book down until the very end. I blame this wonderf
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up for several reasons: it features mature characters, POC and it's romance with a mystery going on.

The romance that developed between two older women who are comfortable in their own skins, but somewhat jaded by life and relationships and a bit shy about their aging bodies, was done very realistically and sweetly.

The mystery part is somewhat predictable and not too detailed, however, it was nicely woven and integrated with the romantic angle, which made this story much more
Oct 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, romantic page-turner.
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, paperback
A nice read.
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Renee Bess is a former high school teacher who has been writing for many years. After her story "At the Beauty Parlor" won first place in a short fiction writing contest, she began exploring the possibility of creating longer pieces of fiction. The result of her exploration was "Leave of Absence," published in 2005 by Borders Personal Publishing/Xlibris. Buoyed by the success of that first book, R ...more

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